DPS’ former Newberry School to be demolished

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools will demolish the former Newberry School building at 4045 29th Street at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 20. The building will be the fifth of 10 vacant schools to be demolished from April through June 2010, as part of a plan that will rid neighborhoods of blight and create more than 100 jobs.

Robert C. Bobb, Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager, has authorized and directed the demolition of the vacant schools, utilizing approximately $3.1 million from the 1994 Bond program. Future demolitions will be funded under the bond program approved by Detroit voters on Nov. 3, 2009.

“Vacant schools across Detroit have been blights on the community and safety hazards for far too long,” Bobb said. “Thanks to the taxpayers of Detroit for supporting Proposal S, we can now move forward with substantially changing the landscape of the city and remove these long-standing eyesores.”

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